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Thursday, September 12 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement

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One of the first books from the #MeToo movement, INDELIBLE IN THE HIPPOCAMPUS is a truly intersectional collection of essays, fiction, and poetry. These original texts sound the voices of black, Latinx, Asian, Filipinx, queer, and trans writers, to name but a few, and say “me too” 22 times.

The book deals with a number of important questions, such as: how do individuals deal with and process the trauma of sexual abuse? How can people and communities support each other in dealing with this trauma? How can society as a whole move from the moment of #MeToo reckoning to transformation and positive change?

Whether reflecting on their teenage selves or their modern-day workplaces, each contributor to this book approaches the subject with unforgettable authenticity and strength. Together these pieces create a portrait of cultural sea-change, offering the reader a deeper understanding of this complex, galvanizing pivot in contemporary consciousness.

This event will offer those attending a space for creative reflection and discussion about this vitally important and highly topical issue, and consider where the #MeToo movement goes from here.

This panel event will feature the editor of the book, Shelly Oria, alongside a number of acclaimed and award-winning writers from Missoula. Each panelist will read an excerpt from INDELIBLE IN THE HIPPOCAMPUS alongside their own work, and there will then be a discussion about the issues and themes raised in the book.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Keys

Caroline Keys

Caroline Keys loves the alphabet, but uses music to tell the whole story. Voted Missoula's Best Musician in the 2018 Independent Readers poll, she has shared the stage with Dwight Yoakam, The Decemberists, The Lumineers and her writing has appeared on Montana Public Radio, in The... Read More →
avatar for Sharma Shields

Sharma Shields

Author, Autumn House Press
Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and two novels, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac and The Cassandra. Sharma's writing has appeared in Electric Lit, Slice, The New York Times, Slate, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere, and has... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Stephenson

Melissa Stephenson

Melissa Stephenson earned her B.A. in English from The University of Montana and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The RumpusThe Washington PostNarrativelyBarrelhouseMuthaBlackbird, Ninth LetterH... Read More →
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Shelly Oria

SHELLY ORIA is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), which earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, among other honors. In 2016 she coauthored a digital novella, CLEAN, commissioned by WeTransfer... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Love

Tamara Love

Tamara Love hails from Flint Michigan. After living and working in New York City for nearly ten years, she stumbled upon Debra Magpie Earling's book, Perma Red and managed to earn a spot in the University of Montana's Creative Writing Program. She has taught writing for University... Read More →


Thursday September 12, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The VFW 245 W Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

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